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April 30, 2011
Larry King back on CNN In his first CNN special since stepping down from his nightly talk show, Larry King visits a Las Vegas clinic where Alzheimer's disease is studied. He is accompanied by former President Ronald Reagan's son Ron. King's special, "Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic," airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on CNN. It features interviews with several celebrities touched by the disease, including Maria Shriver, whose father, Sargent Shriver, had it, and actor Seth Rogen.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
CNN unveiled a new prime-time schedule to advertisers Thursday that further moves the cable channel away from a reliance on hard news and political chat. Most significantly, CNN is getting out of the talk show game in the 9 p.m. hour, a crucial time slot for cable news channels and one where the network has struggled for years. Instead, CNN will rotate between original series and documentaries. CNN once owned that hour when "Larry King Live" was a must for politicians and newsmakers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2011
Eliot Spitzer was bounced from CNN's prime-time lineup on Wednesday, having spent less time as a TV host than he did as New York governor. CNN reshuffled its schedule to add a new program by former CNBC personality Erin Burnett, move Anderson Cooper's flagship newscast into the tough 8 p.m. time slot and eliminate Spitzer's "In the Arena" program. CNN has asked Spitzer about staying with the network as a commentator but no decision has been made, said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/US.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Jay Jones
if you're looking for places that will delight children, consider San Francisco's Exploratorium, Legoland California and the Twirl Toy Store and Play Space in Taos, N.M., Those are among the 15 attractions that CNN says will keep kids—and their parents— happy. CNN created its " 15 Best Spots for Kids " list from the Travelers' Favorites list compiled by travel site Gogobot . No. 1 on the list: San Francisco's Exploratorium . You'll see nearly as many adults as you will kids in this "learning lab" that's now at Pier 15. Its exhibits deal with sound, color, biology—really the gamut of life, including the quirky toothpick sculpture above by Scott Weaver, a 37-years-in-the-making creation that consists of more than 105,000 toothpicks.  Legoland California  in Carlsbad ranks eighth.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Bill Weir, who has co-anchored ABC News' "Nightline" since 2010, is moving to CNN. Weir will start at CNN in November as an anchor and will also cover innovation and technology, the network said Friday. He will be based in New York and work with CNN producers to develop original programming.  "Bill's range, sensibility and curiosity set him apart,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “He brings a unique storytelling style, perspective and sense of humor to CNN, and he will be a key player as we continue to expand our lineup.” ABC News' president Ben Sherwood said earlier Friday that Weir was departing for  " another opportunity in the news business.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2003
TIM Rutten is far too kind in his coverage of CNN's lack of reporting about Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq ("CNN Will Limp Away From the Field," April 16). CNN's news chief, Eason Jordan, opted to perpetuate the deception of a dangerous, corrupt and cruel regime just to further CNN's standing in the ratings. Rather than report the truth and risk one or two lives, they sacrificed many lives ... possibly thousands. The deception they perpetuated allowed an evil regime to continue to thrive by starving, torturing and murdering their citizens.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2005
Re "Outfoxing Fox -- Take 6" (March 6): Last year I finally had my Howard Beale "I can't take it anymore" moment and fled CNN for the Internet. Now instead of emoting windbags (they call them anchors) and stenographers embedded with the Bush administration, I actually get incisive reporting from around the world. Like the Democratic Party that's racked up electoral defeat after defeat by trying to be Republican-lite, so will CNN keep losing viewers in pursuit of being Fox-lite. If one doesn't want to watch Fox's faux news, why watch its kinder and gentler imitator?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The original political shout-fest is coming back. CNN said "Crossfire," which was a staple of the cable news channel for over 20 years before being canceled in 2005, will return to its schedule this fall. “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that 'Crossfire' did - it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
CNN, enjoying a boost in ratings thanks to the public fascination with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, has chosen to run with it and sharply limit coverage of other stories. This is not the first time a single incident has overtaken all other events on the cable news channel. Invasions and terrorist acts, monumental storms and political scandals have caused CNN to push everything else aside in the past. What is different about this story is that there are no scenes of disaster to show, no military convoys to follow, no shameful confessions to broadcast, little actual news to report.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Al Jazeera America has made its first on-air hire and tapped CNN reporter Ali Velshi to host a business show for the start-up cable network. Velshi, born in Kenya and raised in Canada, has been with CNN for a dozen years, anchoring "Your Money" and serving as the cable news network's chief business correpondent. Al Jazeera America said Velshi's half-hour will be a broad look at the U.S. economy both on business and consumers. Initially, the show will be weekly but will eventually become a daily program.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The final edition of CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" aired Friday night, and the British host closed out his run as the cable giant's replacement for Larry King with more thoughts on gun control. "For those who claim my anti-gun campaign has been anti-American, well, the reverse is true. I'm so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive. " Mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., among others, led Morgan to devote many of his programs to the issue of gun violence, and his advocacy of stricter gun laws in the U.S. earned him many critics.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A 14-year-old student has published a study detailing how the U.S. federal and state governments could collectively save about $234 million a year by simply switching the type of font that is used on printed documents. In his study, Suvir Mirchandani, who lives in the Pittsburgh area, said he found that Garamond is the most efficient font for printing, among the fonts recommend for use by the General Services Administration. This is because Garamond uses thinner strokes for its letters, meaning less ink is used on each character.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
CNN, enjoying a boost in ratings thanks to the public fascination with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, has chosen to run with it and sharply limit coverage of other stories. This is not the first time a single incident has overtaken all other events on the cable news channel. Invasions and terrorist acts, monumental storms and political scandals have caused CNN to push everything else aside in the past. What is different about this story is that there are no scenes of disaster to show, no military convoys to follow, no shameful confessions to broadcast, little actual news to report.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. The City of the Big Shoulders - stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago - is the subject of a new documentary series from CNN. Beginning Thursday and running for eight weeks, it has been made by the team who made Sundance Channel's Peabody Award-winning "Brick City," which focused on...
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was just a little thing. When veteran TV reporter Miles O'Brien was stacking some cases filled with TV gear on Feb. 12, one of the cases fell on his left arm. "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it," O'Brien, a former CNN reporter for 17 years, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday in which he recounted the incident. "It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be OK without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial?" Maybe. Because what happened next shocked him, as well as many of his fans and aquaintances, who have been sharing the  post he wrote detailing what happened next . The next day, his arm got sore and swelled up. It kept getting worse.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Piers Morgan out, Ronan Farrow in. On Sunday, CNN confirmed that "Piers Morgan Live" will be ending next month, proving that a large Twitter following and pedigree of minor non-journalistic celebrity (though a former editor, Morgan, 48, was mostly known as a judge on "Britain's" and then "America's Got Talent") does not necessarily a successful news host make. Then on Monday, MSNBC debuted the first hour of "Ronan Farrow Daily," proving that a large Twitter following and a pedigree of minor non-journalistic celebrity (though a contributor to many news organizations including this one, Farrow, 26, is mostly known as the super-smart son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
"The Wire" as a reality show? That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions. "Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN early next year, will showcase Chicago's challenges with crime, education and public policy.  “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” said Robert Redford in a statement.
NEWS
September 8, 2010 | By Scott Collins and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
After months of speculation, Piers Morgan, the British newspaper editor best-known to U.S. audiences as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent," has finally completed talks to take over Larry King's weeknight talk show on CNN. CNN, hoping to bolster its flagging prime-time lineup, has settled on Morgan after delicate and wide-ranging negotiations that cleared numerous obstacles, from the host's visa status to his role as a judge on NBC's summer...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014
CNN and boss Jeff Zucker are having a lousy February. Results from Nielsen show that the viewer-bereft cable news network just suffered through one of its worst months ever, with Erin Burnett's "OutFront" program sinking to the lowest numbers CNN has recorded at 7 p.m. in 22 years. Barely 300,000 total viewers tuned in for Burnett's show. Between 8 and 11 p.m. - prime time - CNN averaged just 399,000 total viewers - a 39% plunge compared with the same month last year, when Zucker had just started the job. Since 1991, CNN has performed worse only twice before (in April 2012 and last November)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Don't count him out just yet - Piers Morgan says he'd love to keep an on-air perch at CNN. On Sunday, the ratings-challenged news network confirmed that it will soon ax "Piers Morgan Live," the nightly interview show hosted by the scrappy 48-year-old Briton. But Morgan said Monday that he may not be finished with American cable news.  "I'd love to stay with CNN and do big interviews, if we can do a deal that suits us both," Morgan wrote in a direct message on Twitter after Showtracker asked about his plans.
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